PFF proposes trade for Falcons to move up to Commanders’ No. 2 pick

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The Falcons continue to be linked to any and all quarterback options this offseason.

Most recently, a Justin Fields trade has quickly gained momentum. It first began over a trivial social media debacle where he unfollowed the Bears team account on Instagram while following several Falcons — Drake London, Bijan Robinson, etc.

However, it became much more tangible when DraftKings updated their odds for Justin Fields’ next team, which had the Falcons as clear-cut favorites to land the Georgia native. The odds shifted from the Bears as the favorites at the beginning of the offseason, to the Steelers last week, and now to the Dirty Birds.

Now, it seems Pittsburgh may be out of the Fields sweepstakes, as the Steelers prioritize Kenny Pickett as the starter. Everything is moving quickly, and it’s only going to move faster as the NFL Combine begins on Monday.

For the Falcons, all options are on the table, and Terry Fontenot will begin to network in Indianapolis about those potential moves, which may include a move up the draft board.

Sam Monson of PFF proposed the idea of the Commanders moving down from the No. 2 pick while reuniting with Kirk Cousins and accumulating draft capital.

“When Washington traded up from No. 6 to No. 2 back in 2012, it cost the team three first-round picks and a second-rounder. By way of example, the Atlanta Falcons could become desperate enough to make that trade if they miss out on Cousins in free agency.

“Washington could trade back to the No. 8 spot, pick up multiple additional high-value picks and still be able to draft an elite talent in the first round,” Monson said. “In the trade I made with Atlanta, Washington received Pick Nos. 43 and 74 this year, as well as a future first.”

Two first-round picks, including this year’s, along with Atlanta’s second and third-rounders in 2024 for the No. 2 overall pick would be highway robbery for the opportunity to draft Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels.

For the Commanders, Kirk Cousins would be an attractive choice, especially considering the roster is in a position to compete in the NFC East right now. They’re strapped with a boatload of cap space and could surround the veteran with a playoff-caliber roster instead of building toward to future around Maye or Daniels.

Unfortunately, I don’t know how realistic that is.

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